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the forecast as we continue right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. >> we had a good soaking rain last night. about half an inch. the rain should be pretty much over now in most areas. there are a few light showers and sprinkles here and there. that is about it. most of the heavy rain is on the right-hand side of your screen moving offshore. the temperatures are low 40's right now. we have a chance for a shower in the forecast up until 8:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. i high temperature expected near 58. we have some good news going into the weekend. first we check the roads with sarah. >> good news for the most part
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on the major roadways. we are tracking this one problem in ellicott city at talent country boulevard and -- road. a disabled vehicle at washington boulevard. another spot where you may find some delays. victor parke white in annapolis, there is some fire department activity -- fire activity. 12 minutes on the west side of low. -- 12 and saw it west side outer loop. in frederick, nothing much. still looking at a buildup of volume on the northwest corner. this is white marsh and so far so good coming out of the northeast. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. back to you. >> fears of a worst-case scenario began forming in japan overnight as the dangers spike in radiation levels force
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workers to flee for safety. >> those levels have gone down in the last few hours. things are start -- things are far from safe. >> authorities trying to avert a catastrophe. there was damage to number four where rocks were being stored in pools of water. the fuel rods are trying to be cooled while temperatures are trying to be brought down. >> the fuel rod could become fragile. there's a chance of the fuel rod breaking. the radiation material which is normally contained inside the container could seep out. >> japan will last the u.s. military for help. for workers who volunteered, they have faced life threatening levels of radiation.
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>> they are being exposed to levels of radiation that are life-threatening and will in some cases be fatal. >> this is taken attention away from the humanitarian aspect of the disaster. rescuers have found body after body in piles of rubble. the death toll is estimated to be well over 10,000. thousands more remained missing. those who survived had to make do with very little food, and heat. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. have the recent events in japan changed your views on nuclear energy? you can share your response at and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to >> many marylanders with friends in japan are trying to get word from the devastated region. among them, a sophomore from towson university who is try to
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track down his brothers and sisters in yokohama. >> right now i am far away from my country. it is hard. even i would think about back home. >> he and his friends have been spending the last few days collecting donations on campus for the relief efforts. >> the red cross is collecting donations. the agency is making it easy to donate online or by text message. this allows the japanese red cross to purchase the supplies they need to help their citizens. >> i wish i could do more. i wish i could fly over there to say that i am ready to lend a hand. >> some use crises like this to scam good-hearted people. always use credit cards or
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checks made out to organizations, never an individual. for more coverage, you can visit our website, we will take you inside the nuclear reactors. it is all online at >> firefighters were kept busy overnight. the flames will for spotted around 1:30 a.m. on north bradford street. firefighters had difficulty battling the blaze, having to pull back after electrical wires fell. it was declared under control 90 minutes later. >> a baltimore counties luck has run out. jennifer franciotti is live in towson with that story. good morning. >> at this point, police do not
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know how long melissa stone was allegedly stealing lottery winnings. ross liquors is the store she owns and is one of the busiest stores in dundalk. there was an anonymous tip about stone saying shoes cheating customers out of the jackpot. the scanner alerts salesclerks to winning tickets. investigator acted on the tip by posing as a customer cashing in a winning $10,000 silver bell scratch off. >> pretty obvious. all the bells and whistles and the lights go off, letting the agent know that it's a winning ticket. however, the suspect in this case would basically tell the person that it wasn't a winning ticket and would keep the ticket. >> police say stone drove to lottery headquarters after being
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presented with that silver bowl scratch off and try to cash it in. that was when she was arrested and charged with felony theft. reporting live, jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> a west baltimore woman has been found not criminally responsible for the beating death of sir aunher aunt. the judge determined she was suffering from psychotic hallucinations. she called police to tell them she began her aunt with a device known as the club. was alieved her anunt demon who was sent to killer. >> and accused con artists known as clark rockefeller faces new charges of murder in los angeles. he is serving a kidnapping since for taking his daughter and
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hiding out in baltimore. he has been charged with a murder in 1995. he was living with -- if convicted, he could be sensed from 26 years to life in prison. >> jack johnson said he is innocent of federal corruption charges. he appeared in court yesterday. lawyers for the government say they will turn over additional wiretap evidence in the case next week. >> 42 degrees on tv hill. coming up, the morning's financial news in the bloomberg business report. >> the pilots and millie's continues with battles rage in the streets of bahrain. >> a popular soft drink is going green. we'll explain. >> we're tracking one accident in ellicott city. we'll update you
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>> welcome back. 45 degrees downtown. cloudy skies. most of the steady rain the we had last point has not dissipated. we picked up about half an inch, maybe 3/4 of an inch in some neighborhoods. you might know some of the creeks and streams in april it may be coming up a little bit as the runoff takes place early this morning. we see the big storms moving offshore. there was some severe weather across lower eastern shore counties a couple of hours ago. we have some hit and miss
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showers popping up on hd doppler. tell be the case through the morning hours. you could season passing sprinkles or drizzle out there. but the heaviest stuff is over with. we take a wider view of the storm system. the center is moving across central pennsylvania right now. still some energy upstream. you can see some light rain showers coming across ohio. we will keep the clouds this morning any chance for showers in the forecast of until lunch time. it looks like maybe until lunchtime we will see a chance for a few scattered light rain showers. we will get these guys to corrupt and sunshine will break through the clouds. it is a fake cloud deck. thick cloud decks. 41 in parkton. the forecast for today, cloudy
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this morning and a peek of sunshine as we head into this afternoon. the high temperature between 55 and 60 degrees. tonight, clearing with temperatures back into the 30's. a great set up at the end of the week. high pressure will be in control in the mid atlantic region. the temperature was jump into the 60's and 70's for st. patrick's day and on friday. a great day. get out and play. 71 on friday. could be a few sprinkles in the evening. most of the weekend will be fine. we drop back into the 50's. spring begins on sunday. all in all, that is a good forecast. sandra shaw will teaches how to do some irish dancing this morning. >> i'm not teaching. i will be taught.
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look at these shoes. there will be performing. i'm here live with the dance company, an irish dance company. it is pretty cool. you could learn how to irish dance. >> it is amazing. footwork is incredible. >> very high energy end of the. you perform at senior centers and other areas around town. i'm sure st. patrick's day is a big day for you. >> we are going to perry hall and at essex. >> what is the key to learning this? >> take your time and make sure you have the correct footwork. interested -- you
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can start. start now. here we go. this is the irish dance company. they are performing caltech waves.c no way that is happening. no way. you are fabulous. morgan has been dancing for four years. that is how long it will take returned just one step of that. did in the irish spirit. gear ready to go. back to you -- get in the irish spirit. back to you. >> you can do it. i know you can carry you look exactly like them. i cannot wait to see more of that. let's check the roads. we have a few early-morning problems. this one is clear at town and country boulevard and bridge road. in silver spring, there is a
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disabled vehicle. watch for some delays. a delay on the north side of the harrisburg expressway. building in volume on the west side. looking good on the northeast corner of the beltway. we of fire activity in annapolis. -- we have to fire activity in annapolis. a buildup of lime by frederick road. have your as you make your eavier asto 795 -- have a yea you make your way to 795. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. hrain is under a state of emergency. opposition leaders say protesters -- four protesters were killed. hundreds of troops were dispatched to help stop the rebellion. the saudis may be concerned
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there could be similar protests against the saudi government. libyan rebels were overwhelmed. residents say protests gaddafi troops cut off communications and began shelling the last rebel-held city in th. evarts to declare a no-fly zone have stalled. -- efforts to declare in no-fly zone have stalled. county employees got a pay raise. the vote was not closed. 88% of the voters supported ousting alvarez. now they want a new election is that appointing a new mayor -- instead of appointing a new mayor. >> the so-called golden years
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are getting tarnished. more workers are pessimistic about their retirement future. some are not confident about the ability to afford a comfortable retirement. the number of workers saving have declined from 60% last year to 59% last year. dad is a major problem. some workers have little to no savings -- debt is a major problem. pepsi is going green. bottles will be made entirely from plant material. the bottles will look and feel like their current bottles. coke makes bottles start 30% from plants. jane king has the bloomberg business report. >> the biggest retailer is
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looking to help disaster victims in japan. they will donate $5 million in cash to your visit relief efforts. there also gathering necessary relief items like clothing, , andries, it tents water. boeing is also assisting relief efforts. boeing employs hundreds of people in japan. stocks in japan were rising. we get the latest number on housing starts for february. stocks are lower yesterday. the dow dropped nearly three under points early in the trading day. japanese officials say they were making progress in stabilizing damage to the nuclear reactor. the bloomberg maryland index was to zeron losses to tyrol pri
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price.owe that is business. i'm jane king reporting for wbal-tv 11 news. >> 42 degrees on tv hill. another check the weather and traffic straight ahead. >> march madness get software while start. >> don't forget to e-mail us your response to our water cooler question of the day. have the recent events in japan changed your views on nuclear energy? you can share your response at and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to >> here is a look at last night's winning maryland lottery numbers. good luck.
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>> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. the roads are little wet. northbound 895, there is a disabled vehicle to watch for. another at silver spring and washington boulevard. we have been looking good as far as delays. 40 miles per hour on the north side. 44 on the west side. about 40 minutes to get through that west side stretch. five minutes on southbound 95 down to the fort mchenry.
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11 minutes on south on 95 down to 32. the lion is building by the fort mchenry. -- volume is building. in the traffic running smoothly towards the j.f.x. and a smooth ride into town. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> we still have some light rain shower activity to contend with this morning. the steady rain is gone. the new set this into motion. everything is moving away from us. -- let me set this into motion. we have a variable clouds and cloudy this morning with a chance for a few light rain showers. a high temperature of 58. we have the seven-day forecast coming up in just a few minutes. but first, keith mills. >> thank you. the orioles open the regular
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season two weeks from tomorrow. they got some good news on the injury front. negative on a sore back of brian roberts. no word when he will return to the lineup. to be young and in sarasota. the orioles play the houston astros. jake fox hit a home run, his fifth of the spring. he is tearing it up and making it difficult for buck showalter not to bring him with them when the bird's head north. houston led up brad bergesen, who has struggled this last couple of starts. bergesen gave up three runs in four innings. the big blast by brett wallace. grand slam for houston. they went 14-8. the orioles play the yankees
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tonight. ncaa basketball tournament continues with two more games tonight. clemson moves on as they beat alabama at birmingham. in the play in game, the team wants his team lead the entire game. this is the three. little rock has the lead. time running now. s it to matt dickey.illon d asheville wins. the can of the nfl players union is coming to baltimore. he will deliver the commencement speech at the university of maryland on may 19. hopefully by then the speech will include the part that says, "me and roger goodell sat out
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and we got it done. the players are back." that remains to be seen. >> thank you. >> 42 degrees on tv hill. much more to come in our next half-hour. >> fears of a meltdown. how the world is responding to try to prevent a nuclear nightmare in japan. >> a local liquor store owner is accused of stealing lottery winnings. how she allegedly did it, next. >> i am live with an irish dance company.
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning, everybody. welcome back. i am stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara. thank you for joining us this morning. tony pann has a quick look at today's forecast. >> good morning. we still have some rain to contend with. the steady stuff is gone. we have a 30% chance for sprinkles or some drizzle. we probably will get some
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sunshine to break through this afternoon. high temperature expected around 58. we have good news is going into the weekend. >> the world is watching as japan try to prevent a nuclear meltdown. >> those efforts have to be put on hold. radiation levels were too high. kate amara has the latest. >> workers have returned to the japanese power plant after being forced out by high radiation levels. today, they got help in cooling down those reactors from above. >> wednesday's surge of radiation was so strong, japan ordered emergency workers out of the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant and turned to the military to inject water from above. >> we may cause some risk if we pour water in a large amount in a very short time. so we have to analyze the risks. >> crews have been struggling to prevent a meltdown ever
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since friday's massive earthquake and tsunami. japan's chief cabinet secretary said his government will also ask the u.s. military for help. >> efforts are ongoing to cool the other failed reactors. >> japanese public broadcaster nhk said g.e. is sending emergency generators and offering technical assistance. energy secretary steven chu told members of congress america is answering calls for help. >> the department of energy has sent two experts at the beginning and another 33 to japan to provide advice and technical assistance. >> the race to prevent a nuclear meltdown has triggered international alarm. president obama addressed the question in an interview with our sister station, koat. >> the safety and constant monitoring and oversight that we provide through our nuclear facilities here in the united states has to be maintained. >> on capitol hill this morning, secretary chu will give members of congress an official status update on those japanese nuclear facilities. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news.
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>> a baltimore county store owner is accused of skimming kirk customers out of lottery winnings. jennifer franciotti joins us live with more details on the story. >> ross liquors is in dundalk. the lottery has suspended its licensed to sell tickets after the owner was arrested on felony theft charges. ross liquors is one of the busiest stores in dundalk's merritt north shopping center. the owner, melissa stone, has had a good reputation among fellow merchants for over a decade. >> i always thought melissa was pretty good. yeah. i mean, she's a nice person. >> but the maryland lottery got an anonymous tip about stone this year, claiming she was cheating customers out of lottery jackpots. investigators say the scheme was brazen since the store's maryland lottery scanner clearly alerts salesclerks to winning tickets. >> pretty obvious. from what i understand, all the bells and whistles and the lights go off, letting the agent know that it's a winning
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ticket. however, the suspect in this case would basically tell the person that it wasn't a winning ticket and would keep the ticket. >> the maryland lottery director says agents regularly make compliance checks at retailers to test the system. 600 in the past year have turned up a dozen violations. >> we do that to make sure that the relationship between the retailers and our players is fair, that there is integrity in the lottery program. that is why we randomly visit retailers and it's also why we initiate compliance checks based on concerns expressed by players. >> an investigator acted on the tip about stone by posing as a customer cashing in a winning $10,000 silver bell scratchoff. >> when they gave her the ticket, she indicated to the lottery agent that the ticket was actually a losing ticket, when the agent actually knew that it was a winning ticket. >> police say stone drove to lottery headquarters within a few hours and tried to cash in the ticket. she was arrested for felony
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theft. to protect yourself, you should sonde the back of your ticket and ask for it back to check it with another retailer to find out if it is a winning ticket. jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> officials from maryland racing industry came to annapolis looking to pull themselves out of a multi million-dollar hole. the cassini $20 million drop in revenue. the jockey club president testify before the ways and means committee. he asked for an extension of a pledge that governor o'malley bid which in short 81 under 50- day racing schedule -- which 150-day racing schedule. >> racing has been in the state
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for 275 years. >> the committee is expected to vote on the extension next week. >> it registered sex offender is back in prison. he was downloading thousands of porn files. he had quashed for computers running. he is being held on $500,000 bail. he was sentenced to three months in jail. >> the floating hospital is about to ship out of baltimore. it is scary up for a new humanitarian mission. the journey will take them to nine different countries and begins tomorrow morning at. >> police are preparing for a busy night tomorrow. police said the number of dui
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arrest more than doubled on st. patrick's day and the four days after. extra patrols will be assigned to keep the highways say. first-time offenders could face a $1,000 fine and have their licenses revoked for six months. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. we thought the rain would impact things. we do have a disabled vehicle but not impacting things. another disabled vehicle at route 1 and washington boulevard. on theof a slowdown west side. 40 minutes to get to that west side stretch. five minutes on southbound 95 down towards the fort mchenry 11 minutes to travel southbound 95 down to 32. this is the fort mchenry.
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southbound traffic building just a bit. still delays through the tunnel. everything moving well. this is greenspring. delay-free at this time towards the j.f.x. and the j.f.x. looks good into town. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. sandra shaw is getting a crash course in irish dancing. it is not dancing. it would be oddly if tony was there. >> the step i am going to learn with this dance company is called -- >> the fire step. >> what is the key? correct.your foot or correc >> joe will hold my microphone. point, point, point, step back.
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point, point, step back. kind of good. show me how it is suppose to look. real time. tealand irish dance company. yeah. ok. something to aspire to. you can go on without the music. as far as your forecast, things are looking not bad. clouds around today. a nice warmup in store. st. patrick's day should be beautiful. nice warmup towards the weekend. we watched the celtic wave and dance company.and >> i give you credit for trying.
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>> a man and his dog have made history in the alaska sled dog race. 1150-mile race with a time of
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eight days and nine hours. he is the first alaskan native to win this race since 1976. he and his dogs shattered the race record by exactly three hours. >> maybe they were looking for goldilocks. a man found some bears sleeping under his house. officials say a black bear was found hibernating under the back deck of a summer home. she became a mother to two little cubs. to famine has been relocated to substitute den the nearby savage river state forest. >> that could have been dangerous. 42 degrees on tv hill. coming up, we'll check the morning headlines. >> guess whose house it is now?
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that is what the bears were saying. we have some rain last night. we will check a good seven-day forecast in just a few minutes. 42 at the airport.
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>> welcome back. in the headlines, questions have come up about possible ethics violations involving the mayor. this deals with projects related to johns hopkins. her husband has worked for a division of hopkins for several months. she has voted to approve nearly $1 million in deals. she says she abstains dealing with anything related to the office where husband is
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employed. there could be violations of the ethics code. a vote to repeal the death penalty will likely die in the senate. the president said he does not bleed the chamber will act on it if the bill makes it out of committee. there have been a moratorium on the death penalty for the past several years. five of maryland inmates are currently on death row. emergency workers are back at the japanese nuclear plant. crews have been trying to prevent a nuclear meltdown. a dangerous spike of radiation levels forced workers to hold containment efforts. steven chu told members of congress the u.s. government is answering calls for help, sending equipment and technical exports to japan. >> that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. >> this morning we asked -- have the recent events in japan changed your views on nuclear energy?
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>> we will post more of your answers on the front page of >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> time to check your morning commute. kind of busy and out there. we have a couple of accidents in the city. one that federal street. the everett bolten street. in aberdeen call pulaski highway, another accident location to avoid. 95 picking up in volume.
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harbor tunnel looks good. we have a significant delay on the west side outer loop. 9 miles per hour getting past 795. 23 minutes through that stretch. eight minutes to travel on the inner loop from 795 over towards the j.f.x. filling up on the west side. that is the pace of things down towards 70. this is 95 south of 100 in and out of howard county. more volume in the southbound direction. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. let's check in on the progress of sandra shaw. >> forget that fire step. you guys are with the teelin irish dance company. >> my name is molly. i have been dancing since i was fo4. >> what is your favorite irish
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dance? >> probably this one. it gets the crowd going. >> my name is laura. i like that is different from other kinds of dance. >> my name is sam. >> what is the key? >> you have to have a lot of fun. >> you probably need to laugh yourself when you start out. if you want to get involved, you can go to this is the teelin irish dance company. this is celtic blaze. here we go. ♪ weather-wise, the showers are moving out of the area.
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we did see some rain overnight. it is starting to move out to the east. we saw heavy rains down near the lower eastern shore. we will see a clearing trend today. a nice warmup just-in-time fort st. patrick's day. this takes incredible footwork. i did not know. i think these girls taught that leprechaun beat for sure on your graphic. >> they look better than our 7 yesterday leprechaun. nice job to you. you're soft shoe version of that looked good. >> i might have heard somebody if i had a hard shoes on. it was a safety thing. >> thank you. lots of fun out there. we have some great news in the forecast. most of the rain is offshore. we still have some sprinkles and showers left behind this morning. we cannot take it completely out
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of the forecast until later this afternoon. you can see the clouds starting to break up in the mountains. hopefully that trend will continue. we should get sunshine to break through the clouds after lunch time. we should make it into the upper 50's this afternoon if we get the sun to break through the clouds. a chance for some light rain showers this morning. high temperature between 55 and 60 degrees if it clears out sooner. clearing overnight. it will be cooler than the last couple of nights. temperature drops back to near 30. tomorrow, a big area of high pressure will be over the mid atlantic. that means the wind will turn from the west and southwest. we have a nice warmup in the forecast for the rest of the week. 63 tomorrow. sarah thinks are leprechaun looks awful creepy -- looks a
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little creepy. we will make it up to 71 on friday. a chance for some rain showers friday night. it will be dry this weekend. a bit cooler with highs in the 50's. spring begins on sunday. back to the news desk. >> i think tv long arms. they used to say you have to play to win at the maryland lottery. one store owner is accused of illegally winning off the gains of other people. jennifer franciotti joins us live to explain. >> investigators do not know how long this may have been going on. ross liquors is a popular store in dundalk. melissa stone is the owner. the maryland lottery got an anonymous tip about stone saying she was cheating customers out of the lottery
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jackpot. the scanner clearly alerts sales clerks to winning tickets. an investigator acted on the tipped by posing as a customer cashing in a winning scratch off ticket. she allegedly pretended it was not a winner and then took the ticket to lottery headquarters where she tried to check-in. that is when she was arrested. she is charged on felony theft. not liquor store and a long sen longer sell tickets. >> here's matt lauer with a look at what's coming up next on the "today" show. >> will have a new details on the nuclear crisis in japan. a dangerous spike in radiation levels as the damaged power plants forced workers to temporarily evacuate. a second fire broke out. what lessons can learn from the two worst nuclear accidents of
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all time. we're live at three mile island and chernobyl to see how things have changed. we stand up for yourself if you thought you were not getting your money's worth at a restaurant of what our hidden cameras captured as on suspected diners were put to the test. that and much more ahead when we get started this morning right here on "today." >> 6:54. >> we will come back and check the weather and traffic together before you head out to start your day. stay with us.
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>> how are things looking on the roads? >> we have several accidents to report. westbound on the baltimore national pike, there is an accident. in the city, edison highway, another accident location. pulaski highway and short line, watch for a crash. the heavy spot on the west side. this is a live view at liberty. that extends down to edmundson. >> we will have a nice stretch of weather. >> you might get a peak of the sun this afternoon. maybe a shower to start today. 63 tomorrow with sunshine. 71 on friday. go outside and play. tune to am 1090 to hear traffic and weather together on the fives. >> thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> we will be back with a live update at 7:25.
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